Claremont Middle School | Emerson Elementary School | Life Academy | Montera Middle School | Oakland International High School | Oakland Technical High School | Roosevelt Middle School Skyline High School | Westlake Middle School
For the last 11 years, Ride 4A Reason has raised more than $1.1 million for public schools in Oakland, providing resources and experiences that would not have been possible for more than 5,000 students per year. R4R 2019 was a record-breaking year with more than 300 riders raising more than $210,000. As a result, ten schools received $17,000 each to foster student learning, growth, leadership and success.
Our schools have attributed the following projects to R4R funding:
The development of new hands-on science materials for middle school students
Support for restorative justice programs
After school options for music, the arts, sports and health
Support for various student clubs such as the Black Student Union, the Gay Straight Alliance, and Model UN
Single-day field trips to colleges and to experience the arts, such as Hamilton
Multi-day field trips to California’s vast wilderness areas
Confidence-building activities and experiences for students, particularly for girls
Some school-specific projects include the following:
The Edna Brewer Middle School PTSA was able to renovate and revamp the school library and purchase new furniture, work with the district to replace worn flooring and paint walls, and update our library collection (which had been woefully out of date). Their new Reading Cafe is bright and welcoming and includes the latest literature to excite young minds.
Life Academy students had a variety of multi-day students trips:
6th graders had an overnight camping and environmental design challenge adventure in Tilden Regional Park;
7th graders engaged in a marine ecology experience at Fort Ross on the Sonoma Coast; and
In the coming academic year, 8th graders will attend a 4-day adventure in Calaveras Big Trees State Park and 9th graders will be able to visit colleges so that they can imagine themselves in higher education.
At Oakland International High School, students were able to participate in a three-week "school without walls" session in which they engaged in expeditionary style classes. Through these classes, students were able to recover credits, helping them stay on track to graduate. These classes were also enrichment offerings---visiting artists and teachers, hands on projects, and career exploration are integrated into these classes. R4R funds each and everyone of the 15-16 three-week post session classes every year.
More than 200 students directly benefited from R4R funds at Montera Middle School which saved their after school programs, including many clubs, music and sports.
At Oakland Tech, R4R funding was used as seed money for a Koffee Kart business run by special ed students. With this business, students learn math, organization and life skills. They are happy to report that the Koffee Kart is now totally self-sufficient and is due to turn a profit soon!
About Ride for A Reason Ride for A Reason is a fundraising ride sponsored by the Claremont Middle School PTA benefiting ten public schools in Oakland. All donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. (Tax ID: 94-6171801)